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Bansi Rava Upma

Bansi Rava upma is an anytime meal, something you can make in <15 minutes. Load it up with veggies and a good spoonful of coconut oil or ghee in the end and it turns into such a fulfilling meal! An Indian version of all-day breakfast.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine south indian
Servings 2 serving


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil coconut oil or
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal split
  • 1 tsp green chillies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger grated
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1/2 onion , finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup green peas frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup rava bansi
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps coconut grated (optional)
  • 1 tsp ghee (optional)


  • In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil.
  • Add the mustard seeds and udad dal. Once seeds splutter, reduce the flame, add the finely chopped chillies and curry leaves.
  • Add the grated ginger, finely chopped onion and stir on a medium flame for 3-4 minutes until the onions have softened.
  • Add the frozen peas (in case of fresh peas, boil them for 5 minutes in water until partly cooked and then add), bansi rava (semolina) and stir on a medium flame for 4-5 minutes. The rava will turn slightly darker in colour and become aromatic.
  • Meanwhile, boil 2 cups water on the side with 1 tsp salt.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, add to the rava in the pan with constant stirring. Reduce the flame to low and keep covered, allowing to steam cook for around 7 minutes.
  • Open the lid, fluff up the cooked rava (semolina) and garnish with fresh coconut and ghee.
  • Serve hot with some yogurt or any chutney.


Also try this traditional Tamil recipe - Arisi Upma